Viciedo, who has been dealing with a sore left thumb, was replaced by Jordan Danks, who will start in center field. Alejandro De Aza, who was originally listed in center field, will move to left field.
It will be the first time that Jordan Danks will start in the outfield in a major league game pitched by his brother John Danks, the scheduled White Sox starter for the opener.
“We’ve been waiting for it for a while,” Jordan Danks said in June during a previous stint with the White Sox. “We finally got in the same box score the other day. We’re still waiting for that day where we’re both in there on the same day and you see two Danks in the lineup.”
During John Danks’ May 12 rehab start at Charlotte, Jordan Danks was in the outfield and had two hits with three RBIs.
“I seem to hit a little better when he’s in the lineup so yeah, I’m excited to play with him,” Jordan Danks said. “I’m not going to question my effort when I’m out there with somebody else (pitching), but when he’s out there, in the back of my mind, I really don’t want to screw up. I don’t want him to be mad at me.”
The White Sox did not make an official announcement as to why Viciedo was scratched, but indications are that it does not involve a waiver claim or trade. If Viciedo is sent to the disabled list, it would open the door for the team to call up newly-acquired outfielder Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte.
In his first eight games with the Knights, since coming over from the Detroit Tigers organization in the July 30 three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox, Garcia is 10-for-27 (.370). He has one home run and nine RBIs.